| Jon Wertheim's U.S. Open
Posted: Fri August 28, 1998
Sports Illustrated staff writer Jon Wertheim gives his take
on what will happen at the U.S.
Open. Click here to send a question to his Tennis Mailbag.
Draw | Men's Draw
Monica Seles vs. Jana Novotna; Venus Williams vs. Lindsay
Davenport over Novotna (unless Novotna beats Davenport ...
I'm still wavering on this
Hingis. Has lost more matches since May than she did all of last
year. A bad loss may end her reign as No. 1. She'll cream
the Iva Majoli/Anke
winner in Round 2 but has a tough potential third-round foe
Davenport. Nerves permitting, she will become first American-born
woman to win the U.S. Open since Chris Evert Lloyd in 1982.
Novotna. Her finals match against Davenport will determine
tournament winner. First-round match against Jennifer
is all hype.
4. Arantxa Sanchez
Vicario. French Open win in June marked her final Grand Slam title.
Plays too defensively to win on hard
Williams. Her camp has been suspiciously quiet about her knee
injury. If it's half as bad as I suspect, she won't
replicate last year's success. If not, she could win her
Seles. She'll get an extra boost from the compassionate fans, but
her elusive quest for her second post-return Slam will
continue. Look for her to beat Hingis, though, in
Martinez. Perennial also-ran will be lucky to live up to her
Graf. Despite a seeding 30 slots higher than her ranking, her
game still lacks vital synchronicity. Tough opening match
against surging Corina
Spirlea. Contrary to rumors, she won't be wearing shoulder pads
this year. As always, she should play a Williams sister
early in the draw. May not survive third-round grudge match
Tauziat. Crafty, 30-year-old Wimby finalist still has game. Look
for her to string together solid wins before capitulating
Schnyder. After a hot summer, the other Swiss teen has slinked back
Pierce. Despite a Downy-soft draw, she'll have plenty of time to
watch Robbie and the O's make a desperation wild-card
Coetzer. Quickest player on tour is suffering from a crisis of
confidence. Can salvage disappointing year with strong
14. Dominique Van
Roost. Belgian faces tough draw starting with Julie
Halard-Decugis in round
Kournikova. Form over function. Sizzle over steak. Style over
substance. Don't look now, but Empress Anna is still in
search of her first title.
Sugiyama. First seeded Japanese player since Kimiko Date. Could play
Hingis in fourth
Darkhorses: Lisa Raymond, Serena Williams, Amelie
Put out an
APB: Anke Huber, Asa Carlson, Chanda Rubin, Iva
First-round match to
watch: Julie Halard-Decugis vs. Dominique Van
Also: Men's Draw
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